Next weekend the Summer movie season heats up with the release of "Terminator Salvation," we have a big update on that plus lot of "Transformers Revenge of the Fallen" along with more genre movie news and previews. In the world of TV the latest on "Caprica," "BSG: The Plan," and "Fringe," along with what new genre shows are coming next season and which ones are returning.
Terminator DVD/Blu-ray Deleted Scenes, Scrapped Ending + more
"Terminator Salvation" director McG told Collider (watch the full interview here) that the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film will have 30-40 minutes of deleted scenes. One such scene will be the much-discussed Moon Bloodgood topless scene, but there will also be several deleted scenes of John Connor (Christian Bale)giving speeches:
“There are great long takes of Connor giving speeches, evoking Sarah Connor that we ultimately lifted because I didn’t want it to feel that he was dependent on the voice of his mother to find his leadership.”
Due to the settlement of a previous lawsuit, "MGM has a 30-day right of first refusal to finance and distribute" the sequel to "Terminator Salvation" and every indication is that they’ll be making a play at it:
…a right earned through the settlement of a lawsuit between the studio and Halcyon partners Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson. According to sources, MGM has every intention of making a serious play for the franchise, potentially trumping Warner Bros., which is distributing "Terminator Salvation" in domestic territories, and Sony, which is releasing the film overseas.
And finally, McG revealed to io9 the film’s original ending (SPOILER–highlight to view) " We had a jet-black ending. Connor dies, we’re in a room with all the people we care about. You take Connor’s likeness, you put it on the living machine of Marcus. He sits up, now looking like Christian Bale, takes a gun, kills Kate, kills Kyle, kills Star, kills everybody, eyes flare red, [snaps] the end.”
Here are some Terminator bites:
Check out the recent EW cover story on the film, featuring star Christian Bale. [EW]
Treat the following as a potential spoiler: Sam Worthington (Marcus Wright) says that he is not signed on for another movie. [SCI FI Wire]
McG and Christian Bale talk about the evolution of the film’s script, including how John Connor was originally only suppose to be a supporting character. [io9]
Only one two scenes needed to be cut to achieve a PG-13 rating: The Moon Bloodgood topless scene and a scene with Marcus: "We shot an R movie, and at the end of the day we found that if we just cut back one shot of the Marcus character stabbing a screwdriver through the shoulder of one of these thugs it would warrant a PG-13.". [SCI FI Wire]
First review of the film is out and it includes confirmations of [SPOILER–highlight to view] Arnold Schwarzengger cameo (his face is digitally imposed on Austrian bodybuilder Roland Kickinger, who plays the T-800) and the Linda Hamilton voice-over cameo. [AICN]
The film’s credited writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris (the script went through extensive rewrites with uncredited work by Jonah Nolan, Paul Haggis, Shawn Ryan and Anthony Zuiker) talked about how they took inspiration from the original film’s central time-travel paradox when writing the script. [SCI FI Wire]
Director McG introducing a clip about the Harvester (via Pizza Hut’s website)
Bryce Dallas Howard on Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Transformers2 Novelization Spoilers, Soundtrack News + more Head on over to TFW2005 to read spoilers on the film via the different novelizations of the movie. Remember the song "The Touch" from the original animated "Transformers" movie? Well the creator of the song, Stan Bush, has remade it in the hopes of getting it on the "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"soundtrack:
In other soundtrack news, the band Linkin Park has released a teaser trailer for the new song "New Divide":
Rounding out this week’s "Transformers" coverage, here are some news bites:
Activision has secured voice talent for the upcoming "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" video game. The talent includes the film’s leads Shia LaBeouf (Sam Witwicky) and Megan Fox (Mikaela Banes), as well as Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron) and more. [via ComingSoon.net]
Wolverine Sequel Moving Forward + Deadpool Spinoff Announced 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Hugh Jackman on a sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". As previously rumored — and hinted at in one of the "Easter egg" after credits endings of ‘Wolverine’ — the sequel will focus on the samurai storyline featured in the comic series. Fox has also begun development on "Deadpool", a spinoff that will star Ryan Reynolds who played the character in ‘Wolverine’. Like Wolverine, the character was also featured in one of the "Easter egg" endings.
Branagh Finds His Thor: Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek’s George Kirk) Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh have chosen Australian Chris Hemsworth, last seen as George Kirk in "Star Trek", to play the lead role in the upcoming film. Via DHD:
Chris had read for the part of Thor but wasn’t given a test because a casting director had nixed him early on. I’m told Chris’ younger brother Liam (who’s also a ROAR client) then tested for the role of Thor, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige passed. Then, after a conversation with Ward ("You’ve got to reconsider Chris, he’s your guy"), Feige decided to let Chris read again. And once Marvel put him on tape, it was "Oh my god". Branagh came to town last week and saw the Chris test and made the final casting decision today.
Variety has confirmed that Hemsworth is in talks for the roll. According to /Film, Hemsworth will also be playing the character for the May 4, 2012 release of "The Avengers".The actor has also lined up the starring role in director Dan Bradley’s "Red Dawn" remake (also reported by SCI FI Wire) "Thor" was originally set for release on July 16, 2010, but has since been pushed back to May 20, 2011.
Todd McFarlane On Possible Spawn Reboot
"Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane tells MTV that he has "five legitimate offers sitting on the table" to bring the character back to the big screen and has narrowed his options down to two:
“If I go with the lower-budget movie, they’ll let me direct it. And if I go bigger, than I sit in the producer’s chair; if the budget’s too big, they’re not going to give me the chance at [directing] it. So I’m trying to decide whether I want to go big production, bigger money, bigger marketing — or just do something that’s a little bit smaller, more rock ‘n’ roll, and the way I’ve had it in my brain for the last five years.”
And if he goes in the latter direction, here’s what he has planned:
“The thing I’ve had in my head for a long time isn’t a big comic-book movie,” he explained. “Everything’s real; it’s like ‘The Departed,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ or something like that — and there’s only one thing out of the ordinary in the story I’ve written, which is the thing people know as Spawn. And only a few people see it.”
“You’re not going to get an [origin story] with a rubber costume,” McFarlane explained of Spawn’s new look. “As a matter-of-fact, you’ll never see Spawn in his full regalia, because to me, he’s more of a sentinel, like a living shadow. I’ve shown the artwork [to potential investors] and he’s all black; he doesn’t look exactly like what people have seen in the comic book.”